Sweet Woodruff description
If you have got a large area under trees, which doesn’t get too dry, then this is the plant for you.
It covers the ground well and gives fragrant, white flowers.
Don’t put it in any flower borders – you’ll have to spend time limiting its growth!
It can be used in potpourri.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
How easy is it to grow:
Very easy in most soils, including heavy or clay ones, it will continue to increase and is quite a thug at taking over, so only plant it in a rough area.
Also known as: Wild Baby’s Breath, or Master of the Woods.
Botanical name: Galium odoratum or Asperula odorata
Sweet Woodruff culinary uses:
Use in small quantities, can be put in wines and tea.
The best position in the garden:
Prefers shade, or semi shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes and it will keep on spreading.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil, also tolerates acidic soil and clay soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or moist, but not dry.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plant per square metre (but it will keep spreading).